Rep. of UN Commissioner for Refugees killed by heavy artillery in Myanmar

The United Nations has announced the passing of Dr. Kathleen Montgomery.

Montgomery was the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Myanmar and Thailand from McKean, Penn. She was killed by heavy artillery fire while touring a rebel-held territory in the South-eastern Myanmar on the border of Thailand.

The UN is investigating the circumstances of her death.

Thailand expressed their “supreme grief and sadness” with the death of Montgomery. They said her assistance to the Royal Thai government deal with the refugee crisis was invaluable, pledging their help in the UN investigation.

The Thailand press release in its entirety is below:

“Thailand wishes to express its supreme grief and sadness over the loss of Dr. Montgomery. Her assistance in helping the Royal Thai government deal with the refugee crisis was invaluable. Her beaming smile and exceptional financing abilities will be missed greatly in Bangkok. In the meantime, the government of Thailand pledges its support and any aid it might give resolving the circumstances surrounding her death.”

Other nations have continued to express their condolences in the death of Montgomery. Burma condemned the violence that has occurred.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Kathleen Montgomery.  We condemn the violence that has occurred.  The investigation by the UNHCR was of great value to us and we were looking forward to the results to help us better address both internally displaced populations and refugees.  Preliminary results indicated no concerns with the treatment of refugees.

As stated to her office, we were unable to guarantee her safety.  We did everything within our power to ensure safe travels within our borders.”

India was shocked by the news and saddened to hear of the death of the doctor.

“India is shocked and saddened by the news of Dr. Kathleen Montgomery’s tragic death. The UN and fact-finding missions are integral to promoting peaceful solutions throughout the world.  India offers its support and cooperation in the investigation in her death.”

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